Arizona Women’s Billiard Tour / Phoenix, AZ
Samm “Cherry Bomb” Diep dropped the bomb on the Arizona Women’s Billiard Tour’s September 25-26 event, coming back from a first-round loss to Susan Mello to take the event off. The $300-added event was hosted by BullShooters Billiards in Phoenix, AZ.
Though Diep wasn’t in top form in the first round, being sent to the one-loss side by Mello 7-5, it didn’t take long for her game to heat up. She tore through the west side of the chart, eliminating Susan Wilbur, Susan Williams, Salena Holland, and Edwidge Cavanna. This set up a rematch with Mello, who had just been defeated in the hot seat match by a very determined Sara Miller. However, because of work obligations Mello forfeited out of the tournament.
The holder of the hot seat, BullShooters’ own Miller, earned her perch by taking down Pat Schultz, Barbara “Barracuda” Lee, Ashea Erdahl, and Mello.
The final match between Miller and Diep was a single race to 9. In this match, Diep continued her run-out ways by jumping out to a 6-1 lead before Miller managed to mount something of a comeback by winning three of the next five racks The last of Miller’s hopes were dashed in the thirteenth rack, though, when she scratched, giving Diep ball in hand with the 9 ball hanging in the corner pocket.
This tournament win marked Diep’s second on the AWBT this season and propelled her to second place in the point standings, right behind leader Susan Williams.
1st Samm Diep $220
2nd Sara Miller $150
3rd Susan Mello $90
4th Sunny Griffin $60
5th Ashea Erdahl
Edwidge Cavanna $40
7th Kathleen Lawless $30